Pushing your limits in the gym leads to solid gains, but it can sometimes, unfortunately, lead to pain due to pulls, strains, and other injuries. When you feel any type of pain in your muscles, tendons, or ligaments, it’s time to put down the weights and heal your body. This doesn’t mean popping a pill and calling it good. Instead, try some of these alternative ways to manage acute and chronic pain. Why go sans pills? Adam Graves, ND, LAc and founder of Colorado Natural Medicine, says that pills like Advil can help with inflammation in the short term, but they don’t help muscles heal and recover in the long term--and that's the end goal when it comes to keeping the body healthy and free of aches and pains.